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Review: Run The Jewels at Troubadour

January 2nd, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Late last month, Red Bull Sound Select and Filter Magazine came together to curate a fantastic hip-hop show featuring El-P with a special guest appearance from Killer Mike. What I thought would be a 30 minute set from headliner El-P turned into a 45 minute to 1 hour set of Run The Jewels the collaborative alternative hip-hop duo of El-P and Killer Mike, two super talented and super underrated rappers who came up big that night with impeccable flow, dope production that might be some of the best in hip-hop in 2013 and overall pleasing the crowd with their antics and high energy set.

Run The Jewels put out one of the most impressive free albums of 2013 with their self-titled debut and I sure hope El-P and Killer Mike jump back into the studio to work on some more cuts together while they are on tour (schedule below) as Run The Jewels as they bring two sorta different hip-hop audiences together with El-P one of the old school alternative hip-hop acts and founder of Definitive Jux label (signing Murs and Aesop Rock) while Killer Mike is on the cusp of mainstream attention, with features on some of the top acts like Big Sean, Kanye West, Mike Posner and much more. In fact, some details have surfaced regarding Run The Jewels 2.

Anyways, I loved the show and want to give a shout out to @Lauralista for hooking me up with tickets. Stream and download (FREE) the full Run The Jewels album below, my favorite tracks are “Run The Jewels” and “Sea Legs”.

Here’s the upcoming tour dates for Run The Jewels:

Mon, Jan 27 – Laneway Festival – Auckland, NZ
Tues, Jan 28 – Laneway Festival (Side Show) – Wellington, NZ
Fri, Jan 31 – Laneway Festival – Brisbane, AUS
Feb 1 – Laneway Festival – Melbourne, AUS
Feb 2 – Laneway Festival – Sydney, AUS
Tues, Feb 4 – Laneway Festival (Side Show) – Sydney, AUS
Thurs, Feb 6 – Laneway Festival (Side Show) – Melbourne, AUS
Fri, Feb 7 – Laneway Festival – Adelaide, AUS
Sat, Feb 8 – Laneway Festival – Freemantle, AUS
Fri, April 25 – Counterpoint Festival – Kingston Downs, GA

Tonight catch El-P, Warm Brew and Thurz at the Troubadour

December 19th, 2013 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

Tonight it’s going down at The Troubadour with an underrated hip-hop show put together by Red Bull Sound Select. I’ve been to a few of their events before and it’s always a good time but tonight should be a solid hip-hop show with some interesting local acts.

LA-based hip-hop trio Warm Brew, talented rapper/producer Azizi Gibson, and insightful rapper Thurz, who has broken away from U-N-I to create compelling, poignant solo concept albums, will kick off the night. Renowned Brooklyn rapper and Definitive Jux founder El-P will headline.

The show is all ages and tickets are just $3 for those who RSVP at, with all proceeds going back to support the opening local bands.

Here’s some more info below on the artists performing, including a song and/or video I enjoy from them. (more…)

Contest! Tweet to win Pac Div tickets!

April 4th, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Courtesy of NUE Agency we have been given two tickets to the Grind N Hustle tour’s stop at Los AngelesKey Club this Thursday April 7. To show our appreciation to our fans, we are giving away those tickets free!

Here’s how to enter into our contest for 2 free tickets to see Pac Div, Killer Mike, Young Dro and Dee-1 at LA’s Key Club on Thursday April 7.

To be in the running for tickets, follow @BeforeTheBigs on Twitter and tweet the following:

I want to win tickets from @BeforeTheBigs to see Dee-1, Killer Mike, Pac Div and Young Dro live

Contest ends Wednesday April 6 at 4:20pm PST at which point we will announce the winner via our twitter.

Here’s my favorite tracks from each of the artists & visuals to Pac Div’s new music video.


New Xaphoon Jones remix x new Chiddy Bang

October 28th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix |

First song is a Xaphoon Jones remix to a Mansions on the Moon track, “Glimpse of the Future”. Xaphoon Jones turns the song into a more futuristic jam.
Glimpse of the Future (Xaphoon Jones of Chiddy Bang Remix) by Mansions on the Moon

Next song is off Chiddy Bang’s The Preview EP called “Neighborhood” featuring Killer Mike. I didn’t expect this song to be on the EP, but am glad it was put on the EP.
Neighborhood Feat. Killer Mike – Chiddy Bang

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